Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is hoping that his side can take home all three points in Monday night’s clash with fierce rivals Derby County.

The stakes are even higher than usual for this derby match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County. Both sides are in the fight for promotion to the Premier League, and a win would be a massive boost for both sides.

Forest manager Aitor Karanka spoke to Nottinghamshire Live ahead of the game, insisting that his side are looking for revenge on their rivals.

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“It is a good opportunity to bounce back, a good moment to have,” Karanka told Nottinghamshire Live.

“We want to get some revenge following a bad day. Not a bad performance, but a bad day.

“I think, again, the score should have been 3-1 or 4-1 in this game, as a minimum. But after that defeat I feel absolutely sure that we will have a good reaction to that.

“It is not a case of the players having a point to prove, because they know how good they are,” the Spaniard added.

“Ten days ago we spoke about the mental strength we had and about how that was amazing. Now we just need to show that again; we need to keep going in the same way. It was difficult for us to win two games and draw one in the space of a week previously. But we did it.

“I prefer to think in a positive way. I prefer to think that we are in a good way and that we will still see that in our next game.”


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